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Weathered Lamps – A How To

These weathered lamps were painted to match a weathered wall finish that was previously done for a rustic ranch in the Hampton’s, Long Island. Pierre Finkelstein of Grand Illusion Decorative Painting shows you how he created this finish.

HOW TO CREATE THIS FINISH

Use our step-by-step instruction below

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Here is a list of the tools & supplies you will need to achieve this technique.  Supplies available at fauxbrushes.com are linked below and listed at the bottom of the page.

1

REMOVE THE WAX

STEP 1 – REMOVE THE WAX: The lamps arrived at the shop.  They had a natural wood look, but unfortunately, they were waxed.  The first step was to remove the wax using a mixture of baking soda and water.  wax wash was then used to remove the last bits of wax residue.

2

SAND THE SURFACE

STEP 2 – SAND THE SURFACE: Using 120 grit sandpaper, the lamp’s surface was sanded to ensure the paint would adhere to it.

Here it is after sanding.

3

SEAL THE SURFACE

STEP 3 – SEAL THE SURFACE: Next, the lamps were sealed using half amber shellac and half sanding sealer (this sealer adds a comfortable open time to the quick drying shellac). 5% denatured alcohol was added to thin down the mixture.

This mixture is applied methodically and quickly.  Shellac will seal the surface of any remaining wax and prime the piece for painting. A stiff Paint Brush was used.

4

APPLY BASECOAT

STEP 4 – APPLY BASECOAT: A flat, gray Basecoat was then applied.

This is the fully basecoated surface.

5

DRY BRUSH

STEP 5 – DRY BRUSHING:  Dry brushing was next. A Tooth Spalter was used – When a brush has spent years in the field and the bristles are worn, it graduates to becoming a “dry brush”. These brushes are perfect because they’re stiff and irregular. From a palette, the brush was loaded with a very conservative amount of paint.

The key to dry brushing is a light touch.  Gently drag the brush over areas to create a quick weathering effect. 

6

SPATTER

STEP 6 – SPATTER: Next a Tooth Spalter and a Palette Knife were used to spatter some color to the lamp.

A round badger haired Softener Brush (a perfect brush for smoothing small spaces), was used to soften the spatters so they didn’t look like drops of paint.

7

TONE EDGES

STEP 7 – TONE EDGES: Using a tone that would mimic raw wood, the edges, and other areas were dry brushed with a worn medium-sized Flat Detailing Brush.

8

PAINT CRACKS

STEP 8 – PAINT CRACKS: Using a long Pointed Liner Brush, cracks were added to the surface of the lamps.

Then, to punch up the drama, a shadow and highlight were added to the cracks and chips.

9

PROTECT AND FINISH

STEP 9 – PROTECT AND FINISH: Apply Varnish in the desired sheen to protect the finish.

COMPLETED FINISH

The finished product. Both lamps were completed at the shop and shipped to the client.

After completing the homeowners wall two months earlier, how did the lamps match spot on? A job recipe card was all that was needed to recreate the finish off site and with confidence

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